Incredible images of Australia’s Ariarne Titmus and USA’s Katie Ledecky in women’s 400-meter freestyle final

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A must-see 400 meters...

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It was one of the greatest shows in sports history, and it took less than four minutes. Although Katie Ledecky's Olympics dominance in the 400-meter freestyle came to an end—at the fierce strokes of Australian competitor Ariane Titmus—the event was one of the best so far at the Tokyo Olympics. Ledecky held the lead nearly the entire race, dictating the strong pace for 300 of the 400 meters. But this was Titmus' time to shine in the Olympic pool, besting the world record holder (2016 Rio) with the second-fastest time ever. It was exhilarating, heartbreaking, drama-filled, and captured perfectly in some truly incredible shots. So in case you missed it or were snoozing, let's hit the rewind button and take a look at the fantastic photos, from start to finish to the medal ceremony.

Women's 400m Freestyle Final at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre

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Women's 400m Freestyle Final at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre

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Women's 400m Freestyle Final at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre

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Women's 400m Freestyle Final at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre

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Women's 400m Freestyle Final at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre

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Women's 400m Freestyle Final at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre

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Women's 400m Freestyle Final at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre

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Women's 400m Freestyle Final at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre

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Women's 400m Freestyle Final at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre

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Women's 400m Freestyle Final at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre

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Women's 400m Freestyle Final at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre

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Women's 400m Freestyle Final at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre

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Women's 400m Freestyle Final at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre

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Women's 400m Freestyle Final at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre

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Women's 400m Freestyle Final at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre

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Women's 400m Freestyle Final at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre

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Women's 400m Freestyle Final at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre

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Women's 400m Freestyle Final at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre

(Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Women's 400m Freestyle Final at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre

(Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Women's 400m Freestyle Final at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre

(Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

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